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Anchorage voters to decide who can dish out parking tickets

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:57 PM March 30, 2014

Prop 9 deals with who can write parking tickets outside of downtown

Anchorage voters will be faced with a number of propositions when they head to the polls April 1.

Propositions 1 through 7 are for bonds — money that would pay for everything from fixing schools and roads to buying ambulances.

There are also two charter amendments on the ballot: One to make the language in municipal documents gender neutral and another that deals with police and parking.

It’s that last proposition that voters may find a bit confusing.

Prop 9 deals with who can write parking tickets outside of Downtown Anchorage. Right now the job is done by police employees called community service officers, but a “no” vote would require sworn officers to do the job.

Police Chief Mark Mew says the change could cost the city money.

“If the ‘no’ vote prevails, only dark blue uniforms with badges and guns can do parking authority,” Mew said. “We’ll either have to hire five or six more cops or not do as much parking enforcement.”

A “yes” on Prop 9 means things would stay the way they are right now.

Click here for more information on Prop 9.

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